FTA announces Forum 2018 theme, venue and chairs

The U.S.-based Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), producers of the No. 1 educational symposium for the package printing and converting industry – Forum 2018 – has announced Bringing It All Together: Synchronizing Processes, People and Potential as the official theme of its 2018 event. More than 2,000 professionals from every segment of the supply chain are expected to attend the May 6-9, 2018 event, held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Forum 2018 agenda tackles synchronization of the many moving parts of the industry – including processes, people and potential. Combined into one event through nine informative sessions, topics will include student research about the future of flexo, how company cultures impact all strategic planning for success, and new capabilities and technologies of today’s flexo presses. “Attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of the customer’s point of view of package printing and the brand management process, how to effectively communicate the proof approval process between brand owner and printer, and so much more,” said the organization.

The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Forum 2018 sessions will include:

  • Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC)
  • Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch
  • New Capabilities: Look at Flexo Now!
  • Colour: Where Are We Now?
  • Taming Consumer Behaviour Through Packaging Design
  • FIRST in Motion – Wide Web Project
  • Press Approval Match Game
  • Advanced Corrugated Technologies: A Business Case
  • Troubleshooting Survival Guide

In addition, the program agenda will offer a complimentary pre-conference session titled Purchasing Printing/Converting Equipment: Flexo’s New Market Scenario. Program development is being led by Forum Chair Bob Coomes of Plastic Packaging Technologies, and Co-Chair Ann Michaud of 3M. “As abstracts are reviewed, speakers are selected and session formats are determined, the tuning in and integration of all topics will ultimately deliver a big-picture message for a complete May 2018 experience,” said the FTA.

Collocated with Forum 2018 will be Infoflex, which takes place May 7-8, 2018 across the Skywalk at the Indiana Convention Center. Occupied by hundreds of the industry’s top suppliers, this is a two-day, intensive networking opportunity that will allow for the successful intertwining of the various worlds of package printing and converting technologies. Booth spaces are currently available.



Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.